Friday, May 28, 2010

My skin is not feeling "pretty"

2010 has not been a good year for my skin. Maybe I jinxed it by writing this post LOL! My skin first started breaking out in January - after I used my Burts Bees sunscreen as my morning moisturiser (stupid move - I thought it would be non-irritating). Then I began my biotin supplements, which made whiteheads and blackheads erupt on my forehead. Finally, I believe some of the dietary changes I made recently could be affecting my skin - perhaps the whey protein powder? (It's ironic, because I'm eating so much more healthily these days - with less sugar and caffeine, and more fruits and veggies - isn't my skin supposed to be glowing?)

To control the acne - I turned to the regimen (Cetaphil face wash, 2.5% Benzyl Peroxide and Cetaphil moisturiser). While I don't like using Benzyl Peroxide, I've had success with this combination before - but not this time around. It didn't clear up my skin, and since I was no longer using my Burts Bees Tomato Toner, my cheeks got red, painful acne.

To be honest - I feel like a chemistry experiment gone wrong! It's hard to figure out the right balance to get back on track for clear skin again. To help me with this - I went for an acne facial today. The aesthetician did a thorough job extracting my blemishes and recommended a mix of 4 Dermologica and Yonka products for my skin. I'm going to give some of these a try and hope for the best!

1) Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser (BOUGHT THIS)

2) Yonka Juvenil - I used to use this A LOT. It really worked on my skin, but it is pricey and gets used up quickly. (BOUGHT THIS)

3) Yonka PG Creme - This moisturiser is made specifically for problem skin. While I've never tried this product before, I've used Yonka's Creme 83 in the past - and was not a big fan. I took a sample of this, and if it suits me, I'll buy the tube. (UPDATE: I've used the sample - and so far - I'm loving it - it's so soothing and moisturising)

4) Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque - The aesthetician recommended that I use this twice a week for deep cleansing. I decided not to purchased this yet, since I still have my Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque (which also contains kaolin and bentonite clay). Also, the Dermalogica Clay Cleanser I purchased can also be used as a mask.

I really hope this helps my skin out. Will definitely review once I've used these products for a while.

Have you had any experience with Dermalogica or Yonka products? Which are your favourites?


  1. i've had great success with products by La Roche Posay and I just talked about some of them in my most recent blog post :) good luck, I've heart the dermatologica products are good, you might want to check for reviews.

  2. Thanks Veronika - I've heard a lot of good things about La Roche Posay (especially their cleansers) - but I've never tried them out.

    I will check MUA for reviews on these products (hope they're good - since I already bought 2 of them LOL!)

  3. Hi Ella, Sad to hear your skin's not co-operating. A few suggestions: Dermalogica has great products. the products that I like from Dermalogica are the microfoliant & the Special Cleansing Gel. As for Yonka I like them too but for a facial, reason is that since I'm no aesthetician I find that I can never layer the Yonka products properly (I know weird but I think they know a secret of applying those products that I just don't get). My suggestions is Paula's Choice products, the BHA & cleansers are basic and work. Actually I'll have a review up soon specifically for breakout skin. I also like Neutrogena 3-in-1 BHA product (review on my blog). Email me if you can't find the products on my blog & sorry for the lenghtly reply.

  4. Thanks for the input Monica - you're right - there is a trick to applying the Yonka products...if only my facialist could come and wash my face every night - my skin would be perfect LOL!
    I've heard about Paula's Choice products (her book is amazing) - but is her stuff sold online only?
    I'm looking forward to your upcoming post - and will check your 3-in-1 review :-)

  5. Thanks for pointing out that all natural (i.e., Burt's Bees) doesn't mean your skin won't react to something in the formula. I think so many people mistake natural products for totally irritation free products. Great post! xo-Jane


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